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July 01, 2017, 7:30PM: BYC Youth Camp

HAS will be out with the kids at the Texas Buddhist Association 2017 Youth Summer Camp in Hempstead for a star party on July 1.  If you’d like to join us, please email Outreach.  We should have fairly dark skies to see some deep-space objects.

Event Name: 2017 BYC Youth Camp Star Party

Event Location: American Bodhi Center, 29123 Mellman Rd, Hempstead, TX 77445

Event Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017

Event Time: 7:30PM – 10:30PM

 

July 07, 2017: Membership Seminars at UH

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
Intro to Astrophotography
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
John Haynes
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
The Insperity Observatory
General Meeting Speaker: 
Dr. Aaron Clevenson
About the General Meeting Presentation

Aaron Clevenson has been an adjunct astronomy professor for the past 12 years with Lone Star College - Montgomery and is the author of the astronomy textbook Astronomy for Mere Mortals. He is also the Observatory Director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD, is the immediate past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and is a retired Chair of Astronomy Day is Southeast Texas.

Active in the Astronomical League, Aaron is one of the Observing Program Directors and is responsible for working with the coordinators of the 53 different Observing Programs and Awards. He is also the author of several Astronomical League programs: the Constellation Hunter Observing Program, the Galileo Observing Program, the NASA Observing Challenges, the Planetary Transit Special Observing Awards, and most recently the Solar Eclipse 2017 Special Observing Award. He currently coordinates the Master Observer Progression for the Astronomical League.

Aaron's first astronomy related event that he can remember is from when he was 6 years old. His older sister built him a solar observatory from a cardboard refrigerator box to view a solar eclipse using pinhole projection. His interest in astronomy persisted until about 20 years ago when he purchased his first telescope and became "one with the universe" at that time.

Aaron’s philosophy of astronomy is best described by his quote near the door of the Insperity Observatory which says: "The Universe awaits all those who make the journey. Enter here!"

Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

July 08, 2017, 7:00PM: WSIG: Pizza and Planets

It's full moon but that won’t prevent us from getting a good look at Jupiter, Saturn, and of course, Luna. WSIG members please RSVP to HAS-Women@Netslyder.net. To join the HAS WSIG, the Women’s Special Interest Group, contact Rene.

July 15, 2017, 8:00PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Summer Class at the Dark Site

THIS IS THE ONE TO GET STARTED ON. BEAUTIFUL OBJECTS, EASY TO FIND.

Let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! We will meet in the new bunkhouse for a short class on how to find summer list objects. Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved but feel free to bring your own. And yes, this program is open to all members! WSIG members are the instructors. To join the HAS WSIG, the Women’s Special Interest Group, contact Rene.

  • Class starts at 7:30 pm in the new bunkhouse and we will move to the observatory at sunset at 8:23 pm to get ready to observe. We’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in the observatory chart room
  • Don’t forget to contact Steve G to reserve a bunk at HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Space is limited to two new observers per instructor so get in your RSVP soon to ReneGedaly@gmail.com

Rain Date: Saturday 16 Sep 2017

July 19, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - July

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

July 21, 2017, 8:30PM: Second Baptist Chinese American Exposure Program Star Party

HAS will be out for a star party at Second Baptist Church. They will have a number of Chinese foreign exchange students in attendance, and they would love to give them a view of the night sky. Since air pollution is very bad in China, the students rarely see the moon let alone stars and planets. Jupiter and Saturn should be very well positioned that night for the students to have a memorable night!

Event: Second Baptist Chinese American Exposure Program Star Party

Where: Second Baptist Church, 19449 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77056

When: July 21, 2017, from 8:30pm – 10pm

Number of volunteers needed: 4-5

August 02, 2017, 3:00PM: "Stars for Kids" at Children's Lighthouse

On August 2, Children’s Lighthouse on Clay Road in Katy has asked if someone from our club can come by and speak with the kids from 3-4pm.  This is primarily preschool and elementary-aged kids that will be attending summer camp there that week.  If anyone is interested in speaking with the kids, please let me know.  These events are always a blast, and the young kids have the best questions!

Event: Children’s Lighthouse’s “Stars for Kids”

Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Children's Lighthouse, 19607 Clay Rd, Katy, TX 77479

Number of volunteers needed: 1

 

August 04, 2017: Membership Seminars at UH

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
TBA
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
TBA
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Getting Your Hands on Real Astronomy Data
General Meeting Speaker: 
Dr. Luisa Rebull, Research Scientist - Director of the Spitzer Science Center & IR Archive
Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

August 16, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - August

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

August 26, 2017, 7:15PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and mosquito repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

8:15-9:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

9:15-9:45 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:45-11:00 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

September 01, 2017: Membership Seminars at UH

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
TBA
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
TBA
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Cassini Solstice Mission 2017
General Meeting Speaker: 
Dr. Curt Niebur, Lead Program Scientist for New Frontiers & Cassini Program Scientist, NASA HQ
Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

September 20, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - September

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

October 06, 2017, 8:30PM: Candlelighters Camp CLIFF Star Party

We’ve been invited once again to Burton, TX for the Camp CLIFF retreat weekend. For those who haven’t heard of this, it’s a getaway for children fighting cancer and their families, and it gives them an opportunity to do fun things and not think about any of the serious things they have to deal with for a weekend. In years past, we’ve brought our telescopes out for the campers to look through for about an hour, and it’s always been a great time under the dark skies in Burton, TX. This is a relatively short event and a long drive from central Houston, but the camp hosts have given us an opportunity to stay later to do any observing we want to do once the campers retreat to their cabins for the night. Even with the lights on, the Milky Way is visible from the field we set up in.

Event: Candlelighters Camp CLIFF Star Party
Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 8:30pm – 9:45pm.
Location: Camp-for-All (6301 Rehburg Rd, Burton, TX 77835) https://goo.gl/maps/s83zFS6nFu42
Number of volunteers needed: 6-8

October 14, 2017, 6:00PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Fall Class at the Dark Site

Let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! We will meet in the new bunkhouse for a short class on how to find fall list objects. Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved but feel free to bring your own. And yes, this program is open to all members! WSIG members are the instructors.

  • Class starts at 6:00 pm in the new bunkhouse and we will move to the observatory at sunset at 6:51 pm to get ready to observe.
  • We’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in the observatory chart room
  • Don’t forget to contact Steve G to reserve a bunk at HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org(link sends e-mail)
  • Space is limited to two new observers per instructor so get in your RSVP soon to ReneGedaly@gmail.com

Rain Date: Saturday Oct 21, 2017

October 18, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - October

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

October 27, 2017, 7:00PM: All Clubs Meeting - NO MEETING AT UH

Details TBA.

October 27, 2017: All Clubs at Houston Museum of Natural Science, NOT UH

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
N/A
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
N/A
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
TBA
General Meeting Speaker: 
NASA Astronaut Gregory C. Johnson
About the General Meeting Presentation

No meeting First Friday at UH. Instead all members are encouraged to attend the 2017 All Clubs Meeting.

Regional Meeting Information

Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science - Room TBD, 1 Hermann Circle Drive, Houston 77002
When:  Friday, October 27th, 2017
Registration, T-Shirt Sales, Refreshments: Starting at 7:00 PM
Meeting: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Keynote Speaker:  NASA Astronaut Gregory C. Johnson

For details on the Regional All Clubs Meeting and other Astronomy Day events, see http://astronomyday.net/

Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

October 28, 2017, 7:00PM: Astronomy Day

Details TBA

November 03, 2017: Membership Seminars at UH

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
TBA
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
TBA
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Space Radiation 101
General Meeting Speaker: 
Dr. Kevin B Beard, Wyle Laboratories Inc & NASA Johnson Space Center
Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

November 11, 2017, 4:45PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and warm clothes, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

6:30-7:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

7:30-8:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

8:00-9:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 10 pm light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

November 15, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - November

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

November 30, 2017, 6:00PM: Save the Date: Meyer Public Library

If you recall all the way back to January (a long time ago, I know…) the Meyer Public Library hosted a star party that was put on by both H.A.S. and the Bellaire H.S. Astronomy Club.  Well, I got an email from the youth librarian saying that their patrons are still talking about that night, and they have been begging them for another star party.  We’re trying to find a date that works, but as of right now, it looks like November 30 is when we’ll be back out.  Save that date, and I’ll send more details once we finalize the plans. /Joe Khalaf

December 01, 2017: Holiday Party at Mendenhall Community Center

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
N/A
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
N/A
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Dwarf Galaxies or Galactic Evolution
General Meeting Speaker: 
Dr. Kim Vy-Tran, Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy
Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

December 16, 2017, 5:00PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Winter Class - Catch up

This is the last session of the 2017 Class of the HAS Texas 45. Let’s finish up! Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and a planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved. 

  • Sunset is 5:27 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available. Fyi, bananas help you stay awake.
  • RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org. Open to all members who have taken the online site orientation. Space is limitted.
  • Don’t forget to reserve a bunk: HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Note: The online site orientation training is required before using the observatory with a trained telescope operator.

Get in those last few objects to receive your HAS Texas 45 certificate and pin at the January 2018 meeting!

December 20, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - December

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

January 05, 2018, 8:00PM: WSIG Texas 45 Graduation

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